TD Ottawa Jazz Festival announces even more programming!

Photo Illustration by Emily Cooper

The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 22 – July 2), is delighted to add a bevy of new shows to its 2017 lineup! “There’s a wide range of shows in several of the Festival’s series and at various times,” explains the Festival’s Programming Manager Petr Cancura, “Along with the new shows we’re presenting in collaboration with the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene and these newest additions, I’m extremely fueled by the diversity of the 2017 programming.”

NEW WARRIORS SERIES show! For avid jazz lovers, the Festival announces a triumvirate of jazz icons to its 2017 roster! NOW THIS: Gary Peacock / Marc Copland / Joey Baron will perform at 9pm on Friday, June 23 at the NAC Theatre with bassist Gary Peacock (Keith Jarrett), pianist Marc Copland and drummer Joey Baron (Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Dave Douglas). NOW THIS promises to deliver one of the best concerts of the Festival. 

DISCOVERY SERIES at La Nouvelle Scéne – Studio A at 8pm
Montreal’s Hoan (Friday, June 23) is making their mark in the electronica indie scene. The group flirts with the darker side of new wave mixing in minimized melodic intelligence. This show is at the special price of $10.

Israel’s Shai Maestro Trio (Monday, June 26) last appeared at the Festival in a sold out show in 2014. Cancura equates the Trio with Wayne Shorter’s group, “They’re one of my favorite jazz piano trio’s,” says the Festival’s programming manager.







Daily from Confederation Park to La Nouvelle Scéne.

Departures from Confederation Park at Gate 5 (on Allée Lawrence Freiman Lane next to the Canal) will take place every day at 5:15pm and 5:30pm (except July 1). Departures for later shows will take place at 7:15pm and 7:30pm (every day except June 28 and July 1). Busses will be waiting at La Nouvelle Scéne after the shows to return patrons to Gate 5 at Confederation Park.

GREAT CANADIAN JAZZ SERIES at TekSavvy Main Stage at 6:30pm

JUNO winner for her debut album Brandi Disterheft Trio (Saturday, June 24) soothes her audiences with a dreamy and ambient voice. She’s collaborating with Harold Mabern, legendary hard and post-bop piano player. 

Road warriors Peripheral Vision (Sunday, June 25) is one of the most innovative and electric jazz quartets to appear on the international jazz scene. This musical unit continuously pushes the boundaries of jazz and provides audiences with explosive performances.


R&B vocalist Tanika Charles (Thursday, June 22) has transformed from an emerging solo artist to a commanding performer and bandleader, in only a few short years. Tanika presents an immutable charm, at times endearingly abrasive and honest in her vulnerabilities.

Only an elite few who can hold the unique position of having success with both indie cred and mainstream country recognition. Country singer Lindi Ortega (Saturday, June 24) is one of those few. The dynamic Canadian vocalist now makes her home in Nashville and performs before the legendary Kenny Rogers in his Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal with Special Guest Linda Davis.

Ottawa’s own, The PepTides (Tuesday, June 27) is an eclectic indie pop band inspired by the sounds of funk, jazz and disco noted for its extravagant live performances featuring sumptuous five-part harmonies, theatrical choreography and colourful visuals.

Also hailing from Ottawa, the Hilotrons (Sunday, July 2) have captivated audiences with their offbeat indie high-energy danceable shows and will have you moving to the infectious beat.

Reminiscent of Snarky Puppy, France’s Laurent Coulondre (Sunday, July 2) breaks down the categorical genres that allows the focus to be on the sound and pleasure of the performance. Performing his album Gravity Zero Laurent plans to establish a direct dialogue with the audience, through groovy and electrifying jazz.

Single tickets for the Discovery Series at La Nouvelle Scène = $27 (except Hoan at the special price of $10).


Tropikombo (Thursday, June 22 at 10pm) is a 5-piece mash-up of the most obscure subgenre crossovers of Latin, Caribbean and African inspired dance music. This hard-hitting rhythm section with a raw and relentless percussive pulse and fiery horns stoke the coals for an in-your-face vocal in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Limited accessibility with your Bronze Pass or purchase your ticket online at Mercury Lounge.

Festival Passes and tickets are on sale at, by phone at 613-241-2633 and in person at the Festival Box Office at 602-294 Albert St.

  • GOLD PASSES – $327
    BRONZE PASSES – $199
  • YOUTH PASSES (25 and under) – $99
  • Special offer! In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday the Festival is offering Bronze and Youth pass purchasers Pass Plus One, a free ticket to any outdoor concert in Confederation Park or the Tartan Homes Stage for any night of the Festival (except on June 24). Offer available through the box office (613-241-2633, x. 106). Pass Plus One tickets are available through the box office (613-241-2633, x. 106) or by email at Offer valid until the end of business, Tuesday, May 23.
  • Single Day Tickets range from $47 – $67 (ticket includes the 6:30 concert series, the Great Canadian Series, the 7:30pm Tartan Homes Stage, the 8:30 Concerts Under the Stars Series at the TekSavvy Main Stage and the OLG After Dark Series)
  • New! The Corporate Pack – $352 – An excellent value for companies to acknowledge clients and employees! This pack includes 10 Single Day Tickets valid for any one of the outdoor concerts at the 10-ticketed days of the Festival.
  • See individual TekSavvy Main Stage shows for Confederation Park Platinum seating prices.
  • New! The Platinum Pack – $172 – Patrons have the opportunity to choose any three shows for Platinum Seating for one low price, based on availability.
  • Jazz Warriors Series at the National Arts Centre Theatre – $52.
  • Jazz Warriors Series at the National Arts Centre Studio – $42.
  • Discovery Series and Canada Scene at the National Arts Centre Back Stage and La Nouvelle Scène – $27 (except Hoan at the special price of $10).